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Historic Scotland's experts in stone

30 May 2008

Historic Scotland are hosting a special event where people of all ages will have the chance to try their hand at stonemasonry, joinery, leadwork and slating with the expert Monument Conservation Unit. Preserving those Stories in Stone will take place on Saturday 7 June, outside the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles, supporting the Scottish Borders Council Museum and Gallery Service exhibition ‘Stories in Stone’ currently being held at the Tweeddale Museum.

At the event visitors will have the opportunity to interact with Historic Scotland’s dedicated conservation team; they will find out all about building conservation and see accomplished craftsmen demonstrating traditional skills, whilst having a go themselves. Specialists from Historic Scotland’s Technical Conservation Research and Education (TCRE) team will also be on hand with answers to all sorts of technical questions.

Sue Mitchell, Education Manager at Historic Scotland, said;
“Preserving those Stories in Stone is a great opportunity for people to drop in and find out everything they ever wanted to know about these fascinating skills. At Historic Scotland we work to safeguard the built heritage of our nation and to do this we need experts, like our conservation teams. We hope this event demonstrates just a little of what they do.”

Historic Scotland is supporting the ‘Stories in Stone’ exhibition at Tweeddale Museum with a display of stonemasonry and leadwork which was developed by members of the Melrose and Stirling conservation teams. Display panels encourage visitors to find out more about what the teams’ work involves.

Rosemary Hannay, Tweeddale Museum, said;

“We are delighted that Historic Scotland has shown such support with the exhibition and the event. It has been a really popular exhibition so far and we are looking forward to welcoming even more visitors throughout June.”

Preserving those Stories in Stone will take place on Saturday 7 June from 11.00 to 16.00, outside the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles.


Historic Scotland has an expert team of conservation specialists who are responsible for the maintenance of the properties in care.
At Historic Scotland, the TCRE team aims to provide guidance on key conservation issues to the construction industry, building professionals, educators and homeowners.
This event is organised in conjunction with Historic Scotland’s education unit. Historic Scotland encourages a broad range of education groups, from schools to universities, to visit the properties in care. The education team aim to bring Scotland’s history to life and to further understanding of our nation’s rich heritage.
Stories in Stone is on at the Tweeddale Museum until 28 June 2008. This exhibition is free and is open daily from 10.00 to 16.00.
Tweeddale Museum, Chambers Institute, High Street, Peebles, EH45 8AJ. Tel: 01721 724 820.
Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. For details visit
Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763